Best home improvements for resale in Northern Virginia Part 2

This is the second post in a five-part blog series on the best home improvements that will help your Northern Virginia home sell for top dollar. So far, we’ve covered Part 1

We left off in the middle of our discussion about kitchen remodeling tips:

Best Home Improvements For Kitchens - Countertops And Flooring Are Important! 

  • New countertops are a great option, but don’t automatically assume you have to go with expensive custom granite if it is out of your price range. If your counters are standard sizes, you may want to look into prefabricated granite at larger home improvement stores such as Home Depot and Lowes. These are much less expensive than custom granite, and the price often includes installation. Also, Corian or even laminate countertops are less expensive options that can look great if your budget is smaller.

Granite (or other upgraded countertop material) is simply one of the best home improvements you can make. I’ve seen homes sell for thousands of dollars less than list price simply because the kitchen didn’t have granite. 

  • Finally, if your floors have seen better days, you may want to consider replacing them with wood, such as oak, maple, or pine, or a neutral porcelain tile.

With regard to all of the options for upgrades, I can’t say enough about countertops being one of the best home improvements you can make. I just showed a beautiful home to some buyer clients the other day – the home showed nicely overall, but it had old countertops from the 1990s. The home had been on the market for a long time despite the fact that it was priced fairly well. The listing agent let me know that the sellers would be installing granite countertops in the next week or so. This might sound a little unbelievable, but the kitchen countertops were probably a main reason that the home hadn’t sold yet.

Homeowners spend a lot of time in the kitchen, so it’s no wonder why kitchen upgrades are some of the best home improvements you can make for increasing resale value. The important thing, however, is to be strategic in your improvements and to take your time shopping for materials and labor. There’s no need to make everything in your kitchen “gourmet” in order to make it sparkle to buyers.

Read Part 3 in this five-blog series on the best home improvements.